The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) has urged indigenes of Lagos and other residents of Yoruba origin not to hand over the state to strangers.
The group spokesman Babatunde Tolase stated this during a press conference on Thursday.
He told newsmen that any attempt to replace the incumbent governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is plan by strangers to take over Yoruba land.
He stated that observation has been made that the present agitation is an attempt to take over and invade the Yoruba economic center.
He subsequently pleaded with indigenes and residents of the state who are from Yoruba-speaking areas in Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states to re-elect Sanwo-Olu.
Tolase urged his kinsmen to retain their honour as omoluabi.
He insisted that the Yoruba’s are the aboriginal owners of Lagos and their preferred candidate is Sanwo-Olu.
He said, “ From history, which is verifiable, the settlers in Eko are Aworis, who originated from Ile-Ife, the origin and ancestral home of the Yorubas, Eko is a coastal area which serves as the port for where goods and services are exchanged from time immemorial. This was why the British colonialists found it easy to settle in Lagos and carry out economic activities therein.
“As we count down to the rescheduled Governorship and House of Assembly elections on 18th March 2023, this briefing is a clarion call to all Yoruba Omoluabi that cuts across ten (10) states in Nigeria (Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Edo and Delta) that are residing in Lagos State to re-awaken their consciousness by exercising their franchise in favour of the integrity of Yorubaland.
As core Yorubas, we wish to state with emphasis that Governor Babajide Sanwolu is the preferred candidate endorsed by the Yoruba world congress and by extension, all Yoruba worldwide to hold the mantle of leadership of our dear Lagos state Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu is a thoroughbred Yoruba man and from our assessment of his last three years and some months in the administration of Lagos, we all can attest to his capacity and ability to succeed in Lagos to greater heights.
“The unusual and annoying laying of claim to a particular candidate by a tribe, which Lagosians have over the years accommodated and allowed to thrive on their soil is a plan to take over Yorubaland forcefully.“